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  • Our governor and many state legislators are hypocrites of biblical proportions (TN)

    04/22/2016 6:09:51 PM PDT · by molewhacka · 13 replies
    The Paris Post-Intelligencer ^ | 4/22/2016 | Dave Vance
    Last Thursday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed HB0615/SB1108; legislation that, in the exact language of the bill, stated “The Holy Bible is hereby designated as the official state book.” Justifying his veto of a bill that passed with overwhelming support in both the House and Senate, Haslam wrote in a letter to the Speaker of the House, “In addition to the constitutional issues with the bill, my personal feeling is that this bill trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text. “If we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, then we shouldn’t be recognizing...
  • Tennessee lawmakers vote for Bible as state's official book

    04/04/2016 7:55:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 4, 2016 10:01 PM EDT | Erik Schelzig
    Having already made a .50-caliber sniper gun the official state rifle, Tennessee lawmakers on Monday gave final approval to making the Holy Bible the state’s official book. The state Senate voted 19-8 in favor of the bill despite arguments by the state attorney general that the measure conflicts with a provision in the Tennessee Constitution stating that “no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.” Opponents argued the Bible would be trivialized by being placed alongside other state symbols such as the official tree, flower, rock or amphibian. But both chambers of...
  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam endorses Marco Rubio

    02/25/2016 8:28:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | February 25, 2016 | Eliza Collins
    Just ahead of Tennessee’s Super Tuesday primary, the state’s governor backed Marco Rubio. Gov. Bill Haslam endorsed the Florida senator on Thursday.
  • Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will fire Mike Pettine

    01/03/2016 9:57:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies ^ | Jan. 3, 2016 at 04:20 a.m. | Ian Rapoport
    immediately after the regular season ends. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has already made the decision to fire coach Mike Pettine, multiple sources say, and it is likely general manager Ray Farmer will be shown the door, as well. Pettine leaves after just two seasons full of quarterback movement and a woeful defense. Farmer likely will leave despite never hiring his own head coach. Haslam has already laid the groundwork for the move, doing work on potential candidates and seeing who will be available to him. It ends a tumultuous tenure for Cleveland, filled with dysfunction, in-fighting, failed player acquisitions and...
  • Tennessee lawmaker plans to ask governor to block Syrian refugees from state

    11/16/2015 12:02:23 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 38 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | November 16, 2015 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE -- A Tennessee lawmaker plans to ask Gov. Bill Haslam this week to work to "suspend all efforts" to settle Syrian refugees in the state following last Friday's terror attacks in Paris. Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, is asking colleagues in an email to sign a letter in an effort to persuade fellow Republican Haslam to agree in the wake of the attacks which according to news accounts killed at least 129 people. The self-proclaimed Islamic State has claimed credit for the coordinated assaults. In her email, Butt said "Tennesseans are mourning this week with the people of Paris." She...
  • Tennessee: Park Carry Legislation Signed into Law

    04/25/2015 1:22:47 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 3 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | April 24, 2015
    After a hard fought and long awaited result, your NRA-ILA is pleased to report that House Bill 995’s conference committee majority report was signed into law this morning. ~snip~ The report removed the ability for municipalities to opt-out of park carry, thus removing a patchwork of laws throughout the state of Tennessee that could turn law-abiding Tennesseans with handgun carry permits into unintentional criminals.
  • TN: Governor Haslam Reluctantly Signs Bill Reducing Gun Free Zones

    04/28/2015 6:37:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Haslam has reluctantly signed HB0995, which reduces the number of gun free zones in the state.  Previous legislation had allowed local governments to ban guns from locally administered parks, if they posted prominent signs saying that guns were banned.    HB 0995 removed that exception in the law, thereby allowing a limited ability to exercise second amendment rights on the public lands of locally administered parks. The history of the bill is rather interesting, in that Governor Haslam was against the bill before he was for it.   He likely only signed the bill to avoid the embarrassment of a...
  • ‘Disappointed’ Haslam: Further attempts to pass Insure TN ‘pointless right now’

    02/05/2015 10:18:52 AM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 18 replies ^ | February 4, 2015 | Tom Humphrey
    Gov. Bill Haslam said he sees no point in returning to federal officials to ask for more concessions on his health care plan after the state legislature killed the proposal Wednesday, according to the Commercial Appeal. “I think it feels a little pointless right now to come back with the same plan. And so there has to be something that would show change (among lawmakers),” the governor told reporters after the defeat. ..Asked if he would return to the regular legislative session, which opens Monday for a three-month run, with the same plan or a modified version, the governor said:...
  • TN GOP Governor Announces Plan to Expand Obamacare

    12/15/2014 11:31:42 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 8 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | Dec 15, 2014 | Barry Donegan
    On Monday, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam outlined his plan to expand Obamacare. According to The Tennessean, he has branded the plan Insure Tennessee and dressed it in states’ rights rhetoric, claiming that the plan, which he says qualifies for federal funding under the Affordable Care Act, is an alternative to expanding Medicaid. WATE-TV 6 quoted a press release by Haslam in which he said, “This plan leverages federal dollars to provide health care coverage to more Tennesseans, to give people a choice in their coverage, and to address the cost of health care, better health outcomes and personal responsibility.”...
  • Tennesseeans: Don't Vote for Governor!

    09/22/2014 10:30:04 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    her own self | Augus 22, 2014 | Mrs Don-o
    Tennesseeans, this is what I wrote for my fellow parishioners, making the case that we ought to consider leaving the GOVERNOR line blank, and just voting Pro-Life YesOn1. Your comments, please? I personally am convinced that the governor's election means nada, since Haslam is going to win unless Christ comes again, or a supercaldera blows somewhere to the West of Memphis and destroys our beloved RockyTop altogether. So the best thing we can do --- owing to math generated by the "dual majority" or "supermajority" mechanism of amending the Constitution --- is to skip the governor race and boost...
  • Haslam Declares War

    08/04/2014 7:12:19 AM PDT · by molewhacka · 20 replies
    Rocky Top Politics ^ | 8/2/2014 | rockytop
    Let the retributions begin! Regardless of which candidates win in next week’s GOP primaries, the gauntlet has been laid down. In a move unprecedented in modern Tennessee politics, a sitting governor has used his office and his fundraising capabilities to attack and/or try to defeat incumbent members of his own party as well as candidates in open seat races In addition, he has helped withhold support for select incumbent Republican legislators, hoping they can be defeated by challengers. To make matters far worse, the Governor apparently dispatched his chief of staff Mark Cate to recruit candidates to run against those...
  • Feds: Company owned by Browns owner and Tenn. Gov. brother to pay $92M fine

    07/14/2014 3:24:32 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 21 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 7/14/14 | Unknown
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A truck-stop company owned by Tennessee GOP Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has agreed to pay $92 million in fines for cheating customers out of promised fuel rebates and discounts, federal prosecutors said Monday. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Pilot Flying J, the country’s largest diesel retailer, accepts responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees, including 10 who have pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme, and agrees to cooperate with the ongoing investigation. “The terms of this agreement …demonstrate quite clearly that no corporation,...
  • Greg Johnson: Raid on Pilot Flying J strikes familiar chord

    04/17/2013 1:53:28 AM PDT · by cva66snipe · 20 replies ^ | April 17, 2013 at 4 a.m. | Greg Johnson
    Police officers at the Pilot store at the corner of Park Road and the Parkway in Sevierville were intensely engaged with an employee Tuesday afternoon.
  • Browns owner: (Haslam)Family company under criminal probe

    04/16/2013 4:21:50 PM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    AP via Kingdport Times News ^ | April 16, 2013 | ADRIAN SAINZ and ERIK SCHELZIG,
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said Tuesday the federal government has launched a criminal investigation into rebates offered by the truck stop chain owned by his family, including his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
  • FBI locks down Pilot Flying J HQs

    04/15/2013 1:28:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Knox News ^ | 4/15/13 | Carly Harrington
    KNOXVILLE — The FBI has Pilot Flying J headquarters on lockdown Monday afternoon. Neither the FBI nor a Pilot spokesman was immediately available for comment. Media were barred from the Pilot campus, and the entrance was blocked. Pilot employees were being escorted off the corporate campus on Lonas Road. Knoxville-based Pilot is the operator of the largest travel center network in North America.
  • FBI Locks Down Pilot Flying J Headquarters

    04/15/2013 1:08:33 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 57 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 04/15/13 | Carly Harrington
    KNOXVILLE — The FBI has Pilot Flying headquarters on lockdown Monday afternoon.
  • Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) Partying at the White House

    04/10/2013 6:42:44 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 33 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | JohnPDuncan
    Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Gov. Haslam partying at the White House. -The unemployment rate in TN is 7.8%, higher than the national average. -Median household income in TN is $40k, $10k below the national average and down 2.5% over the last 12 months, down 8% on 3 years ago. -While natural gas gets cheaper the Tennessee Valley Authority have increased rates in 2012 and plan to do so again this year. Sen. Bob Corker who voted to bailout Wall Street in 2008 parties while contributing to the decline and ruin of the state of Tennessee.
  • A Sharia Financier in the TN Governor’s Office

    12/04/2012 4:58:32 PM PST · by DFG · 11 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 12/04/12 | Arnold Ahlert
    In Tennessee last May, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Samar Ali as international director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). Attempts to connect her to stealth jihad have been ridiculed. Yet when one connects the dots between Ali and several organizations and individuals, a number of troubling relationships arise, especially regarding the phenomenon known as Sharia-compliant finance (SCF).
  • Browns Bought by Republican Gasoline Magnate

    08/02/2012 10:13:44 AM PDT · by RealTeen · 35 replies ^ | 8/2/2012 | Justin Higgins
    Now my favorite football team will be owned by the brother of a Republican Governor who also runs an incredibly successful business and donates to Republican candidates. Can it get any better? Pilot Flying J CEO James "Jimmy" Haslam is set to own the team, per ESPN: NFL ownership is expected to approve Haslam's purchase at its October meeting. Commissioner Roger Goodell could expedite the process by calling a special meeting, although that is considered unlikely. The NFL helped bring Haslam to Lerner so that a sale could be completed smoothly, efficiently and with a high probability of success. Haslam...
  • Haslam says he's directing 'culture shift' in Tennessee government

    05/12/2012 9:36:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/12/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam declares that he is successfully presiding over a "cultural shift" in Tennessee's government operations and the state's education system, though occasionally dealing with a "perception factor" caused by inordinate media attention to some legislative activities. His own relationship to the Legislature, dominated by fellow Republicans, is marked by a general unity of purpose and broad support on substantive issues, Haslam said in an interview last week. He discounts talk of a conservative-moderate split in Republican ranks. "I honestly think that's exaggerated. I really do," he said, though acknowledging that "Any time you have a party...
  • Haslam declines to sign 'Agenda 21' resolution

    05/12/2012 7:21:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/12/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam has declined to sign a resolution that denounces "the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21," passed by Republican legislators over Democratic complaints that it buys into a bogus conspiracy theory. The resolution, HJR587, was approved 72-23 in the House and by a 19-11 vote in the Senate. "Resolutions are position statements by the General Assembly, not a law to be implemented," said Haslam spokesman David Smith in an emailed response to a question. "The governor doesn't support Agenda 21, but he didn't feel compelled to and isn't required to take any action...
  • Governor Bill Haslam signs bill to halt camping by Occupy Nashville

    03/03/2012 1:32:13 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 6 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | March 3, 2012 | Staff/AP
    NASHVILLE -- Occupy Nashville was given a seven-day warning on Friday to take down its encampment on the War Memorial Plaza next to the state Capitol. Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law the measure that makes it illegal for anyone to camp on state-owned land that is not specifically designated for that purpose. Bill sponsors say the law is aimed at evicting Occupy Nashville protesters. But homeless advocates worry that it will lead to the arrest of homeless people camped far from the Capitol. Violators can face nearly a year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500 or...
  • Romney names Gov. Haslam chair of Tenn. campaign

    02/14/2012 10:13:52 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 8 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC/AP ^ | February 14, 2012 | Staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has named Gov. Bill Haslam his campaign chairman in Tennessee. The Romney campaign also announced Tuesday that it has gathered a full slate of 48 delegate candidates on the Tennessee ballot, led by former Gov. Winfield Dunn. Haslam said in a statement that the delegates represent the statewide strength of the Romney campaign in Tennessee. SNIP Romney supported Haslam in the state's 2010 governor's race, and Haslam's father and brother also hold leadership positions in the former Massachusetts governor's Tennessee operations.
  • Gov. Haslam's administration fires top TDEC officials

    02/04/2012 8:04:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has fired two top officials at the Department of Environment and Conservation, while a third has announced his retirement. The department said in a statement Friday that the changes are "designed to streamline our structure and build management efficiencies." Changes are to include the creation of a single water resources division encompassing the department's pollution control, water supply and groundwater management programs, according to the statement. The fired officials are Mike Apple, head of the department's solid waste management division, and Paul E. Davis, who was in charge of water pollution control. Meanwhile,...
  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam wants Internet sales tax (RINO can't wait to tax Tennesseans)

    07/07/2011 2:54:43 PM PDT · by AdamBomb · 20 replies
    Memphis Appeal ^ | 7/7/2011 | Memphis Appeal
    NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that untaxed Internet sales are eroding Tennessee's tax base and said he's willing to take a leadership role among governors in urging Congress to pass a national approach to collecting sales taxes on goods sold over the Internet. He said Tennessee is already losing between $300 million and $500 million a year on untaxed Internet sales --- a growing number since the states and Congress have been unable for more than a decade to agree on a "streamlined sales tax" process enabling online retailers to collect taxes easily for the nation's thousands of...
  • Gov. Bill Haslam wants to size up Republican presidential hopefuls before endorsing (Tennessee)

    07/02/2011 12:10:05 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 2 replies ^ | 6-29-2011 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that he will "probably" endorse a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination at some point but will remain strictly neutral in Knoxville races this year for mayor and a state Senate seat. Haslam was an early supporter of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2008 Republican presidential race. Records show he and his wife, Crissy, gave $2,100 each - the maximum allowed for individuals under federal law at the time - to Romney on Jan. 8, 2007
  • Governor Haslam Signs Voter Photo ID Bill (Tennessee)

    06/01/2011 8:23:15 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 6 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that requires Tennessee voters to show photo identification before they can cast ballots has been signed by the governor. Under the proposal, a person who can't show proper identification would be able to vote by provisional ballot, and individuals in nursing homes or group homes would be exempt. Supporters say the law is needed to protect the integrity of the ballot box, while opponents are concerned it might disenfranchise voters.
  • Republican Gov. Bill Haslam not attending President Obama's visit to Fort Campbell

    05/06/2011 11:18:17 AM PDT · by libstripper · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2011 | Asasociated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is not among those attending President Barack Obama's visit with troops at Fort Campbell to celebrate the successful military operation against Osama Bin Laden.
  • Greg Johnson: Conservative agenda on the right track in Tennessee

    03/18/2011 2:25:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/18/11 | Greg Johnson
    As expected - at least here in these parts - Gov. Bill Haslam presented a common-sense budget this week, reducing state spending to $30.2 billion for 2011-2012 from anticipated 2010-2011 levels of $32 billion. It's a good start. Haslam spoke of our tepid economic and fiscal conditions as being the "new normal," even though Tennessee tax revenues are rising and income for the current year is projected to come in almost $500 million more than originally anticipated. Haslam held the line anyway. Within the budget, Haslam proposes investment. Almost $100 million will go to get an Electrolux plant up and...
  • (TN Gov) Haslam warns 'easy money' for budget woes gone

    02/07/2011 8:40:38 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 16 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | February 7, 2011 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the "easy money" answers to budget problems have been used up and that dealing with the recession's aftermath and a loss of federal stimulus funds is going to hurt. "We have to now go back and make those hard decisions, and I think they're even harder than I thought they would be," the Republican governor said last week as he finished four days of public hearings on the state's 2011-12 budget. SNIP Last week, heads of 26 agencies trooped before Haslam, outlining their best efforts to identify additional cuts of 1 percent to...
  • Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Haslam commits to sign permitless carry of handguns

    10/19/2010 8:37:33 PM PDT · by kwikrnu · 35 replies
    Haslam showed up at a Tennessee Firearms Association meeting last night. Me and a couple of other guys including richard hamblin got him to say he would sign legislation. This helps pressure the legislature. This has been spreading all over Tennessee. It is a big deal because Haslam has a B rating with the NRA. He was a member of Bloomberg's Mayors against guns. As Mayor he oversaw the banning of guns in Knoxville City Parks. My audio on youtube which is only edited for time (I took out a few people's questions because they made little sense and had...
  • TN Gov. Republican Frontrunner Haslam Is One of Bloomberg's Anti Gun Mayors.

    07/27/2010 8:05:53 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    I just sat through a Bill Haslam ad for TN Governor. He went into detail about he was strong second ammendment. I thought well, why would a good Republican have to worry about such things as basic gun rights, especially here in the south. But I did a search and found his name on this list: There he is mayor of Knoxville on Michael Bloomberg list of anti gun mayors. And this guy is the front runner in Tennessee. I have no dog in this fight, I live in Mississippi, but just want to get this out there.